Grey day all round for Harrow Borough

PUBLISHED: 19:29 25 February 2017 | UPDATED: 19:29 25 February 2017

Earlsmead, home of Harrow Borough

Earlsmead, home of Harrow Borough


Harrow Borough supporters will have left Earlsmead with moods as grey as the weather after a 3-1 defeat to bottom side Grays Athletic.

Kurtis Cumberbatch got their only goal of the game from the penalty spot but two from Kieran Bishop and one from Matthew Baxter saw the Essex side to victory.

The simple fact of the matter was Grays took their chances and Harrow didn’t. Not that there was many opportunities for either team beneath a sullen sky, tipping a good amount of water onto the pitch.

The result leaves Harrow in 17th in the Ryman League Premier Division, five points clear of relegation, but they still have games in hand on the majority of their rivals at the bottom of the table.

For Grays, however, this was their second win on the bounce and while it hasn’t lifted them out of the basement, it has closed the gap to safety to just four.

They started by far the brighter team and it was no surprise when they took the lead.

Good interplay between Kwabena Osei and Bishop deep on the right wing saw the former pull it back to Baxter who swept it home with the aid of a deflection.

Grays continued to look the more likely to score next, so it was a shock when Harrow drew level.

A run down the right side of the box was blocked and after consultation with his assistant, the referee pointed to the spot and Cumberbatch sent Amadou Tangara the wrong way.

Marc Charles-Smith fired into the side-netting as Boro threatened to take the game by the scruff of the neck.

But that was really it for chances, from both sides, until Bishop puts Grays back in front on 62 minutes, slightly against the run of play.

It was a fine finish from the striker, holding off the challenge and firing across Luke Williams into the far corner.

His second eight minutes later wasn’t bad either, taking a through ball round Williams before slotting into the empty net.

The goals totally deflated Harrow and although they continued to dominate possession, most balls into the box found Tangara rather than a red shirt.

The good news is they can put this performance instantly behind them when they travel to Wingate & Finchley on Tuesday.

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